What is the treatment of Coeliac Disease?
The treatment of coeliac disease is dietary.
The introduction of a gluten-free diet is the mainstay of management and results in complete healing of the damaged small intestine.
To make a diagnosis, blood tests are helpful. If a patient has symptoms and a positive blood test for coeliac disease, they will then have an endoscopy where a sample can be taken to confirm the diagnosis.
Endoscopy is the gold standard and is the only way to truly diagnose this condition. It is very important to continue eating wheat, rye and barley whilst testing is underway.
Long term monitoring with a gastroenterologist is advised once a diagnosis is made.
On the whole, the outcomes for coeliac disease are excellent if a life-long gluten-free diet is maintained.